Person giving blood

Giving blood and organ donation

Every day thousands of people’s lives are saved or improved thanks to the generosity of donors like you. But, sadly, there are still lots of patients we can’t treat because we don’t have enough supplies. There’s an urgent need for donations. Please help if you can and give the NHS a special 70th birthday present.

Give blood

Blood is always in high demand. Most people aged 17 – 65 can donate.

Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.

Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.

We need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England, which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood.

Each year we need approximately 200,000 new donors, as some donors can no longer give blood.

For more information about giving blood, visit the blood donation website.

Join the Organ Donor Register

Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant.

Transplants can save or greatly enhance the lives of other people. But this relies on donors and their families agreeing to donate their organs.

Cissy’s story – a heart and kidney transplant recipient

18-year-old Cissy from Surrey received a heart from a deceased donor when she was 10 and a kidney from her mum, Jo, at the age of 12.

She was born with a congenital heart defect and had surgery as a baby and a toddler, before it became clear that she would need a transplant when her heart started to slow down and not function properly.

Cissy said: “I can never express in words how much they have given to me.

“They haven’t just given me a heart; they have given me a life. They’ve given me time with family and friends, the ability to go out and study and do what I want to do, and just live and make memories.”

Cissy’s kidneys also suffered as a result of the illness and never repaired sufficiently after the heart transplant, leading to her second transplant procedure just two years on from her first.

Fortunately, her mum, Jo, proved to be a perfect match and on the day the London Olympics launched Cissy received her mum’s kidney.

Cissy says she will be forever grateful to her mum and the lengths she went to to help.

To join the organ donor register, visit the organ donation website.

Others ways you can donate

As well as giving blood and joining the organ donor register, people can also donate platelets, tissue or cord blood.  You can also register as a stem cell donor.